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One of my dreams when I became a freelancer was, and let’s be real still is, to travel and work at the samen time. Right now the furthest I travel is the local coffee shops that are within a 10 minute walking distance but hey, at least I’m in a different environment!
But when that day comes, and when I go to work somewhere else, I’m well prepared with an office on the go. And today I want to share the gadgets that I’ve gathered along the way.
Here are my 5 remote working gadgets if you work remotely or are going on a workation.
#1 // SATECHI USB-C HUB
The best quality for the best price, that’s what Satechi delivers. When I got my first MacBook with USB-C ports I was on the hunt for the best hub to match my laptop. Something small — back then all of the hubs were these big, bulky devices — that I could take with me when I would work remotely from a cafe. And that’s when I found the Satechi USB-C hub.
It’s perfect for traveling, has a charging port, SD card reader and USB ports. It’ll not take any space in your bag and it’s lightweight. And that for only 45 dollar or 40 euro.
#2 // IPHONE 8 PLUS
I remember when my brother had a iPhone 7 Plus and I made fun of him having a WAY too big phone. And look at me now! I’m hooked on the iPhone Plus and whenever I hold the normal sized iPhone I’m amazed how small it is. BUT let’s get back to why you need one as a remote working boss lady.
If you’re just like me and you do a lot of work on the go, you might want to invest in a bigger phone. It’s better for the eyes, you can see details better and it’s easier when you want to quickly put out content or messages. Having a bigger screen just made my whole life much easier on the go. I can edit social snaps much more details. Work on documents with ease. And when I’m going home, I can watch some Netflix without squeezing my eyes together.
But I don’t just use my iPhone 8 Plus to work on the go, it’s also my hotspot for wifi on the go. I’m pretty paranoid when it comes to public wifi hotspots so when I’m working I use my phone for wifi. You never know what type of client information can fall into the wrong hands.
#3 // KNOMO SOLO POWER PAD CHARGER
To be fair, I first thought this would be a portable wireless charger but it turns out that you still need to connect it to your laptop or a socket. Still it’s a travel friendly wireless charger that’s perfect for on the go. Just lay your iPhone or any other phone with a Qi certificate on top of the charger and within in no time your phone will be chargered. I always keep this bad boy in my Knomo Knomad Organizer. This way I’m always fully charged and ready to go.
#4 // SONY NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES
Although our trains — which I used to use when I went to work — are equipped with silent coaches, sometimes in the mornings you have to sit in the a non-silent one because of the overcrowding. When you’re still working full or parttime and you need to use your mornings and evenings to get work done for your side hustle. And you can’t do that when there is a baby crying or someone is telling their dramatic life story to their friend via phone.
That’s when the noise cancelling headphones come to the rescue.
They give you that much needed silence and head space in times when you really need to get work done. So next time you’re waiting for your flight to your next work destination, you can work in piece before and during the flight. And I have heard that they can also cancel out jet engines when flying, for all the ladies that have a fear of flying (like me).
#5 // IPAD PRO & APPLE PENCIL
I’ve always said that aniPad is not a must but merely a fun gadget to have when you have some money to blow. However, the iPad Pro has changed the game. Especially if you like to be creative, it’s a great investment. I personally use it for drawing, turn it into a drawing tablet for my laptop, reading books and to watch series when I want to wind down. The Apple Pencil is actually what makes the iPad Pro worth to buy. If you’re not interested in it, than the iPad mini or the latest version of the normal iPad might be a better fit.
If you don’t want to bring your laptop with you on the road, you can also get the Apple keyboard or any other bluetooth keyboard (I have one from Logitech). There are also lots of apps that can replace your most used Adobe programs or you can use the mobile versions of the Adobe apps.
Like I said, it’s not a must but it’s a really good gadget to have with you on the road.